2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Nov 24, 2016
  • 1 IAS Mains 2016 Will Be Held on 3 to 9 December [ IAS Upd. ]

    Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the schedule for the IAS civil services (main) examination 2016, which will be held between December 3 to 9 December. Those candidates who qualified in the preliminary exam will be allowed to write the second stage of the examin

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  • Nov 23, 2016
  • 1 Pankaj Patel CMD of Zydus Cadila 2017 FICCI President [ Policy/Governance ]

    Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman, and Managing Director of Zydus Cadila - Cadila Healthcare Ltd., has elected as President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for the year 2017.

    He will take over after incumbent Ambuja Neotia Group Chairman Harshavardhan N

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  • 2 Demonetization- Encouraging Online Transactions Through Taxation [ Economy ]

    All public sector banks and some private sector ones have agreed to waive the transaction cost for all payments made through debit cards until 31 December.Indian Railways waived service charges for E-tickets and I-tickets booked through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corpora

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  • 3 China to Import Rice from 17 Mills in India [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    China has agreed to import rice, non-basmati and basmati varieties, from 17 registered mills in India ensuring market access for Indian products in that country.China is the world’s largest rice importer.

    China agrees import NPPO approved rice from 17 mills in India

    China Agrees Import NPPO Approved Rice from 17 Mills in India

    China agrees import NPPO approved rice from 17 mills in India

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  • 4 India’S Longest Expressway Inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh [ Policy/Governance ]

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at Bangarmau in Unnao district of UP Inaugurated India’s longest expressway connecting Agra and Lucknow. The Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) built it in a record time of 23 months.


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  • 5 📹 IAS GS Mains 2016: 87 Expected Questions [ Education ]

    With only 10 days to go, it is time to brush up the important topics for UPSC IAS Mains 2016. Here you will find the list of most important topics for upcoming Mains examination – We are focusing on General Studies – Major Environment and geographic issues, Art and Culture, Sport

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  • Nov 22, 2016
  • 1 Radhika Menon- 1st Woman for IMO’S Exceptional Bravery Award at Sea [ Awards ]

    India’s first female Merchant Navy captain became the first woman to be awarded by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)for her exceptional bravery in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous Bay of Bengal waters last year.

    Captain R

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  • 2 Trump’S Plan to Revoke US from TPP Helps China, Downs India- India [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    US President-elect Donald Trump’s policy outline to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) within his first 100 days in the Oval Office if materialized cause problem to India.

    US president-elect Donald Trump announced that US will exit the TPP on his first day in offic

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  • 3 Mother Teresa International Award Given to Al Nahyan [ Awards ]

    Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, was conferred the prestigious Mother Teresa International Award. The Mumbai-based NGO Harmony Foundation presented it.

    He was honored for his work on institutions to protect youth f

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  • Nov 21, 2016
  • 1 Google Arts & Culture Uncover Virtual Exhibition on Iconic Indian Women [ Science/Technology ]

    Technology giant Google through its cultural arm Google Arts & Culture, has uncovered a virtual collection of artworks and exhibitions on the life of Indian women in history spanning 2,500 years and from 26 cultural institutions across the country. Luisella Mazza is Head of Opera

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  • 2 November 21: World Television Day [ Important Days ]

    The United Nations’ (UN) World Television Day is annually observed largely on November 21. The day recognizes television’s role in presenting issue that affect people. On December 17th , 1996, UN General Assembly proclaimed November 21st as World Television Day commemorating the

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  • 3 Twin Trial of Prithvi-II Missile Successfull [ Science/Technology ]

    India test-fired indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. Along with Prithvi-II, the two other tests missiles are:

    • Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor capable of destroying incoming enemy missi

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  • 4 Three Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) signed by India and UK [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Earlier both countries had exchanged agreements under the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP)- Article of the India-UK Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC). With this, CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes, Government of India) so far has entered into 111 APAs.

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  • 5 International Peace Prize given to Sri Sri Ravishankar [ None ]

    Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award Given to Sri Sri Ravishankar.Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar was honored with Dr. Nagendra Singh International Peace Award for his efforts in ensuring world peace. Home Minister Rajnath Singh conferred it to the spiritual leader at a

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  • Nov 20, 2016
  • 1 Women in Service- Geeta Phogat Appointed DSP in Haryana Police [ None ]

    Haryana Government appointed international woman wrestler Geeta Phogat as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Haryana Police. Geeta Phogat is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first ever-gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, in 2010.

    Geeta Phogat DSP in Haryana Police

    Geeta Phogat DSP in Haryana Police

    Geeta Phogat DSP in Haryana Police

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  • 2 State Bank of Patiala Awarded for Excellence in MSME Lending [ Awards ]

    State Bank of Patiala was conferred “Special Award for Excellence in MSME lending” for its performance in lending to the MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) sector during the year 2013-14 and 2014-15.

    Image of National MSME Awards ceremony

    Image of National MSME Awards Ceremony

    Image of National MSME Awards ceremony

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  • 3 Quami Ekta Week Today [ Important Days ]

    The Qaumi Ekta Week (National Integration Week) to be observed all over the country, from 19th to 25th November 2016. National Integration is even more important in light of ongoing debates over intolerance, separation and isolation. Central and state governments organize and cel

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  • 4 Integrated Emergency Services UP-100 Launched in UP [ Policy/Governance ]

    High-tech centralized emergency system in UP to ensure that police reach a caller in a maximum of twenty minutes in rural areas and within 15 minutes in urban areas. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched one of his dream projects - the UP-100 Police Emergency Management System.


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  • 5 Universal Children’S Day [ Important Days ]

    Universal children’s day recognized on various days in various places around the world celebrates children globally. Universal Children’s Day is part of the work carried out by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

    Image of Universal Children's Day

    Image of Universal Children's Day

    Image of Universal Children's Day

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  • Nov 19, 2016
  • 1 Scientists Improve Photosynthesis for Fast-Growing Crops [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists have improved the photosynthesis process in the plants to produce faster-growing crops. Genetic modification was used to increase the amount of sunlight crop plants can channel into food production.

    Photosynthesis for Fast-Growing Crops

    Photosynthesis for Fast-Growing Crops

    Photosynthesis for Fast-Growing Crops

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  • 2 Tata Consultancy and Vedanta Wins ACES Awards [ Awards ]

    Two leading Indian companies were awarded ACES for their leadership in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, eco consciousness, and community care at the third annual Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards (ACES) in Singapore.

    • TATA Consultancy Services (TCS

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  • 3 Tamil Nadu Gets World’S First Salt-Tolerant Plant Garden [ Science/Technology ]

    The world’s first Genetic Garden of Halophytes (naturally occurring salt-tolerant plants) was inaugurated at the coastal town of Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu. Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib Fakim through video-conferencing inaugurated the first of its kind garden in the world.

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  • 4 Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Receives 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award [ Awards ]

    Noted flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia was conferred 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Indian classical music by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at a function held in New Delhi.

    The prestigious award bestowed to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

    The Prestigious Award Bestowed to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

    The prestigious award bestowed to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

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  • 5 November 19th Observed as World Toilet Day (WTD) [ Important Days ]

    WTD is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world on issues of sanitation. It was originally established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 now recognized by almost all countries. In 2013, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution recognizing WTD as an

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  • Nov 18, 2016
  • 1 Four Indigenous Sonars Inducted by Indian Navy [ Economy ]

    Navy formally inducted following four types of indigenously developed sonars that will boost its underwater surveillance capability: Abhay – compact hull mounted sonar for shallow watercrafts. Humsa UG – upgrade for the Humsa sonar system. NACS – Near-field Acoustic Characterizat

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  • 2 Australia Cuts Stay of 457 Visa Holders, Indians to Adversely Affected [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Australia has announced changes to the 457 visa for skilled foreign workers to limit their ability to look for another job after their official employment ends. Foreign workers on a 457 visa will only now be able to stay in Australia for 60 days after their employment ends instea

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  • 3 Drug Capsule Delivering 2 Week Medication - MIT Researchers [ Science/Technology ]

    MIT scientists developed a new drug capsule that can stay in the stomach for up to two weeks after being swallowed, gradually releasing its payload. The capsule, could be a powerful weapon in fighting malaria, HIV and other diseases where successful treatment depends on repeated

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  • 4 Google Cloud to Bring G Suite to Indian Enterprises, New Vodafone Ties Up [ Science/Technology ]

    Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has tied up with Google Cloud to offer G Suite. Vodafone will support enterprises with boarding, activation, migration, and support through a dedicated Cloud support team.

    Vodafone Ties Up with Google Cloud to Bring G Suite

    Vodafone Ties Up with Google Cloud to Bring G Suite

    Vodafone Ties Up with Google Cloud to Bring G Suite

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  • Nov 17, 2016
  • 1 Microsoft Contributes to Open Ecosystem Joins Linux and Welcomes Google [ Science/Technology ]

    During its annual Connect Developer event, Microsoft unveiled a series of products and partnerships that strengthen the company’s Azure cloud platform for building intelligent, cross-platform apps and services.

    Microsoft embraces Linux and enables developers to write cloud, mobil

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  • 2 NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson is on Verge of Becoming Oldest Woman in Space [ Science/Technology ]

    Whitson will be 56 when she rockets off the planet Thursday, and she will celebrate her 57th birthday in February on the International Space Station becoming the oldest woman in space.

    • Launch from Kazakhstan with two younger men.
    • Ride the Soyuz rocket with Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas

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